Archive for September 7, 2010

Sep 7

Follow-up on Sunday’s Sermon: A Sympathetic Savior

2010 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Sermon Follow-Up

This Sunday, Ryan preached from Hebrews 4:14-16, where the Holy Spirit applies the work of Christ to our weakness: “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

If we are not suffering in a serious way right now, as Ryan said, we should be preparing to suffer. That’s why we have a section on our site of book recommendations dedicated to this topic, and that’s why there are literally dozens of sermons on the subject of suffering in our audio catalogue.

The occasion of this sermon also provides a good opportunity to highlight the ministry of Nancy Guthrie, who speaks regularly on the subject of suffering. Nancy is the featured speaker at our annual Women’s Conference, November 12-13. This year’s theme, Holding On to Hope, is taken from her important book by that title.

Nancy has written several helpful books on the subject of suffering. In, Holding On to Hope, Nancy retells her story of losing a son and a daughter to a metabolic disorder through the lens of the book of Job. Two other books are worth noting as well. Be Still My Soul is a collection of writings from faithful theologians and pastors on the subject of suffering – its causes and how we can know God better in our suffering. In Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, Nancy explores ten things Jesus said to hurting people for own comfort in suffering. We recommend visiting her site for a list of her other books and additional resources.

Also, starting this week, September 7 and 8, DSC’s Women’s Ministry will host a weekly study through the book of Hebrews using Nancy Guthrie’s book, Hoping for Something Better. The study meets on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings.

For more information about our ministries to women, please contact Julie Wesselman at

Christ is a Risen Savior, he is a Reigning Savior, and he is a Sympathetic Savior. This good news for believers in a fallen world.